“We deserve to have a president who knows that it is wrong to steal money meant for RDP houses to build himself a R205-million palace,” Ramphele told supporters in Pretoria yesterday.
Ramphele made a sustained attack on Zuma and his administration in her speech at the official launch of her political party, Agang, yesterday.
She said the impunity with which Zuma’s government was looting state resources, coupled with its arrogance was “breathtaking”.
Ramphele said her party would begin preparing for its national conference at the end of the year to get ready for next year’s general elections.
More than a thousand people, dressed in white T-shirts with Agang SA printed on them, attended the launch and cheered throughout Ramphele’s tirade against Zuma.
“They seem to think they are beyond the reach of the law. One by one they have systematically attacked the very foundations of our constitutional democracy, the judicial system, the freedom of the press, accountability of government and the human rights of all citizens, she said.
Ramphele also said the country’s economy cannot survive another term under the ANC.
“I say enough is enough. Twenty years is too long … No more time, this government has run its course,” she said.
She added that government had set an “appalling” example with politicians and officials not being held accountable for their actions.
“We have a right to know what kind of business is being done between officials, their families and the government … The arms deal, Nkandla, the Guptas, the list of these abuses goes on and on,” Ramphele said.
Since announcing the formation of Agang five months ago, Ramphele said she had been on a nationwide consultative programme with communities.
“We are here to begin the restoration of the promise of our great nation and to offer the hope of a better future for South Africa. ”
Ramphele said the country had reached a crossroads.
“I for one do not want to think about where we will be in five years time unless we change course.”